Over the bank-holiday I visted both grandmothers at opposite ends of the country, as they have been feeling a bit under-par. While I was up North, I also took the opportunity for a bit of nostalgic book-shopping. I popped into the lovely Keel Row Bookshop in North Shields, which I used to visit over 10 years ago now to get books for college. I particularly liked The Keel Row because upstairs there was a whole room full of Penguin Classics all for £1 each and I then snaffled lovely copies of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks, and Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence.
I was delighted to discover that although the shop had been tidied up and was a bit more ship-shape with new signage, the precious room with it’s shelves of classics was still there and they were still at their modest £1 price.
- Cakes and Ale, by W. Somerset Maugham – I keep wanting to read Somerset Maugham books after reading great reviews at My Porch blog
- The Blessing, by Nancy Mitford – I keep meaning to read a Mitford book, and my Oma (grandma) was most impressed with this choice!
- The Loved Ones, by Evelyn Waugh – I really enjoyed Brideshead Revisited and Savidge Reads has written a glowing review of this particular novel
- The Waves by Virginia Woolf – I have a difficult relationship with Woolf as she’s tough-going but I also find her books rewarding so I thought I could stash this one for later
I also had a lovely time with Oma who always makes me laugh with her wisdom and piquant humour. On politics – “I always supported the Conservatives until Margaret Thatcher. She was a cow.” Or on sexual preferences – “I don’t care what you do with your front-sides or your back-sides…”. I do feel very lucky to have family members who make me smile.
What’s your favourite second-hand bookshop? Have you got any funny family wisdom you can share?